Monaco Run 2024: Yann Schrub at the start line of the 5km Hoka

French athlete and European Cross-Country champion Yann Schrub will headline an elite field for the 5km Hoka during the upcoming Monaco Run.  

The 5km Hoka has been the flagship event of the Monaco Run since 2019, and will once again this year feature a high level of athletes.

Frenchman Yann Schrub – 2023 European Cross-Country champion and silver medalist at the 2022 European Championships in Munich over 10,000m – will be the favorite. It will be his second time in the Principality after Herculis EBS 2023, and he will undoubtedly want to leave his mark on the event which smiled on his compatriot Jimmy Gressier last year when he achieved the European 5km record with 13:12.

Schrub, whose 5,000m reference is 13:11.44, will have as his main competition the young Dutchman and European Junior 5,000m champion Niels Laros (13:23.01 over 5,000m), and the Englishman Jonathan Davies (13:16.66 over 5,000m).

Also worth keeping an eye on is French hopeful Nils Serre Gheri, who broke the French Junior 5km record one year ago in Monaco. Meanwhile, Pietro Riva will represent a numerous Italian “delegation” in the Principality and will try to navigate among tough competition.

For the women, Megan Keith will be the figurehead of the race. With her two European Champion titles in the 5,000m and Cross-Country in 2023, the English native arrives in Monaco full of confidence, and a benchmark of 14:56.98 over 5,000m.

Facing her, Africans Selah Busienei (Kenya) and Likina Amebaw (Ethiopia) will also have ambition, notably Busienei who has a time of 14:48.24 over 5,000m.

France’s Mélanie Allier, French champion over 10,000m, and Léonie Periault, bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics triathlon, will also want to shine on the fast Monegasque course.

The Monaco Run kicks off on Sunday 11th February at 9am at the port.

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